The Level 7 Animation Hub comprises all the facilities necessary for postgraduate and undergraduate animation. The Animation Computing features high-end Macs, running industry-standard applications for 3D and 2D Animation, DVD and Video Production, Web and Multimedia Design and more. It is connected to a world class renderfarm of several hundred CPUs for 3D rendering and compositing, all running on a high-speed network.
The Faculty's Motion Capture Laboratory is of an industry standard, allowing students and staff to use the same world-class system as leading animation production companies worldwide.
The MoCap Lab uses a Vicon optical system whichallows human movement to be captured by a series of cameras and then encoded as digital data. These data allow animators to produce characters with life-like movement. The MoCap Lab is enhanced with Motion Builder software to allow the captured movement to be applied to the movement of characters which do not conform to human body dimensions.
The Animation Hub also contains a Chromakey studio, with green screen plates to allow live action to be combined with animation and visual effects. Further facilities include a sound booth from recording sound effects and voices; and computer controlled dolly and tracking equipment for stop motion animation.
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